First Paperless public Library of the World BiblioTech was opened in the USA State of Texas on 4 February 2014. The traditional libraries have been replaced with high-tech gadgets that cater to both adults and children.
Registered residents of the Texas will be able to access over tens of thousands of titles from e-readers for free.
According to its website, the 1.5 million dollar BiblioTech currently has 600 e-readers, 200 pre-loaded enhanced e-readers for children, and 48 computer stations, 10 laptops and 40 tablets to use on-site.
Paperless technology will also help to manage funds. The team members aren’t tied up re-shelving, filing and categorising.
They spend most of their time providing one-on-one instruction with visitors, teaching people how to use devices and how to source materials. It’s a more interactive library experience.
Replacement costs have also been factored in to the project. Thefts can be easily prevented as devices cannot access the internet once they leave the library.
Traditional libraries require much larger load-tolerances in construction due to the weight of materials, so are more costly to build. Book collections also require environmental controls that are costly to maintain.